The Los Angeles Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to FanDuel Sportsbook (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 10-6 (.625); season 20-11-1 (.645). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 9-7 (.563); season 18-14 (.563). Times Pacific.
Steelers (1-1) at Browns (1-1)
Thursday, 5:15 p.m.
Line: Browns by 4 1/2. O/U: 38 1/2.
The Steelers have issues, from the health of Najee Harris to the unsettled quarterback situation to offensive line problems. Cleveland will run it on a defense that's sorely missing T.J. Watt.
Prediction: Browns 24, Steelers 16
Texans (0-1-1) at Bears (1-1)
Sunday, 10 a.m.
Line: Bears by 2 1/2. O/U: 40 1/2.
The Bears had only 11 pass attempts against Green Bay. Do they not trust Justin Fields? Houston is playing surprisingly well and gaining confidence even without a win. Could come this week.